Govt keen to promote solar energy among farmers

Government is formulating a Scheme ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)’ which inter-alia aims to promote use of solar energy among the farmers.

The proposed scheme provides for:

setting up of grid-connected renewable power plants each of 500 KW to 2 MW in the rural area;

installation of standalone off-grid solar water pumps to fulfil irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid;and

solarization of existing grid-connected agriculture pumps to make farmers independent of grid supply and also sell surplus solar power generated
to Discom and get extra income.

The Scheme is under consideration of the Government and therefore, detailed provisions are yet to be finalized.

This was informed by Minister of State (I/C) for New and Renewable Energy and Power Shri R. K Singh in a written reply in upper house of
Parliament today.

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